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xmetalgirl
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factsaboutcondoms.com is a great site I discovered recently with scarleteen as I decided to cancel out sites like yahoo and learned to read sites that have correct sex education. I like that factsaboutcondoms goes into every detail that has graphs and charts about the studies on condoms and use. I just have one question about a graph that was shown in a pdf that was offered under the professional stuff category. There is a study about rates of breakage and slippage across 2 randomized trials of condom efficacy for contraception. In 6 months slippage of condom use was 0.5, breakage was 0.3 and clinical failure was 0.8. My question is what does it mean by clinical failure? Does it mean that the failure is caused by the quality and manufacturing of condoms? Or does that mean clincal study on typical users where they did a research study with the group of people that use it typically?
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Heather
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That is a great site! And it's co-produced by the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) -- whose main website, if you'd like it, is here: http://ashastd.org/ -- an organization which around 100 years ago was the first formal sex ed organization in the States!

You'd have to look at the context of that word -- clinical -- to be sure. Usually, however, what that means in the context of studies is that the study was a supervised study done in-clinic, rather than via self-reporting. But again, you'd need to look at the chart for that, and if it isn't defined clearly, would have to contact someone from that site to find out.

How fantastic that you have been turning around your choices in all of this and learning to focus on credible information! Yay for you! [Big Grin]

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xmetalgirl
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I also just read with those studies was that the low rates of breaking and slippage attests to the quality of condom design and manufacturing. So I guess does that mean the clinical failure study does not mean the condoms failed due to the quality of the condoms?

And oooooo thank you for the site! [Big Grin]

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Heather
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Probably not. We've talked about this here before and done some pieces on it: when people use them properly, it is pretty seriously amazing (I think) how effective condoms are, and how rare things like slip-offs and breaks (especially breaks) are.

And you're so welcome!

Truly, I wish we saw more users realizing what they were choosing to read is not helping them and making a real effort to make different choices like you are. My hat's off to you!

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xmetalgirl
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I also just read with those studies was that the low rates of breaking and slippage attests to the quality of condom design and manufacturing. So I guess does that mean the clinical failure study does not mean the condoms failed due to the quality of the condoms?

And oooooo thank you for the site! [Big Grin]

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